Strategies to help develop better concentration

Strategies to help better concentration

Physical activity has been shown to sharpen focus, possibly because it can help trigger the release of chemicals in the brain that are thought to affect learning and memory. Involve your children in sports and spend weekends or afternoons outdoors where possible. Reduce screen activities e.g. TV, TV & computer games, I pads etc. Children under 7 […]

Feeding our children through the years

Feeding our children through the years

In an era where nutrition is becoming much more of a focus and rates of obesity, diabetes and cancer are increasing at exponential rates, we as parents are under huge amounts of pressure to get feeding-our-children right. It is our responsibility to help our children develop good eating habits and a positive relationship with food. We need […]

Strategies for calming a fussy baby

Strategies for calming a fussy baby

The transition from the womb to the world is a challenging one for your baby. Leaving the consistency and comfort of the womb for the ever-changing, highly-stimulating world can be a big adjustment. By creating an environment that mimics the womb, one can make that adjustment much easier for your baby. These same principles can also be […]

Encouraging meaningful play

Encouraging meaningful play

Play time is so important for our children as a foundation for learning. Here are some tips to encourage meaningful and purposeful play, to maximise your child’s learning opportunities through play:   Let your child have some unstructured play time everyday – don’t make their days so full with activities that they don’t have any time […]

Understanding our brain and the sensory system

Toptots understanding toddlers brain and sensory-system

Your toddler begins to learn through his senses from the day he is born. In fact, from shortly after conception, his senses are already developing. His sensory system is the very special part of his nervous system that receives and processes information in the brain. It is through this process that his brain will grown […]

How drawing develops in a toddler

How drawing develops in a toddler

There are very definite developmental stages in drawing. Every child is different, however when it comes to their art there is a very clear developmental line that can be seen. Keep samples of your child’s artwork at the different stages. Often at our workshops the scribbles done by toddlers are left behind and not seen to have […]

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